The Enemy’s Tom Clarke: ‘Simon Cowell is an exploitative parasite’

Singer also hits out at the tax on pasties in the new issue of NME

The Enemy frontman Tom Clarke has branded Simon Cowell “a parasite” and has said that the X Factor is nothing but “exploitation”.

The singer in the Coventry trio, who release their comeback album ‘Streets In The Sky’ on May 21, hit out at the pop mogul in the new issue of NME, ranting: “He wants a new Rolls-Royce, understandable, the new one looks amazing. But the X Factor is just the exploitation of people with miserable lives. He’s [Cowell] a parasite off people who’ve had bad lives.”

Clarke also hit out at the government’s decision to extend VAT to cover hot food, labeling it “a pisstake”. He said of this: “Tax on pastry is a pisstake. I pretty much live on Greggs. If it’s heated up, then you pay extra tax for having a hot sausage roll. So in theory, as it’s cold by the time you get it home, can you get a rebate?”

The Coventry trio recorded their new 12-track album, which is the third of their career, with The Bronx‘s Joby Ford. You can watch the video for its first single, ‘Gimme The Sign’, by clicking below.

The band release their new single ‘Saturday’ on Monday (May 14). You can hear it by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

To read the rest of the interview, in which they give more details about ‘Streets In The Sky’, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.

The Enemy are playing at this year’s T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross. To check the availability of T In The Park 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.